Playwright Finds Success In NYC

Congratulations are extended to Wheeling playwright Jeremy F. Richter whose new musical, “Wh@ If?” had a successful limited run Off-Off Broadway this summer.

The original musical, formerly titled “[best imitation],” had five performances at the June Havoc Theatre in New York. The first three performances took place in mid- to late July. The final two shows were presented Thursday, Aug. 2, and Friday, Aug. 3.

Richter was invited to present “Wh@ If?” as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival. The new musical was directed by Michael Aulick, director of theater at West Liberty University.

The premise of the musical is described as “a ‘what if?’ scenario blown out of proportion.” According to the plot synopsis, “Playwright Jared Finn has arrived on his fiancee’s stoop on New Year’s Eve in hopes of reconciling after a fight. But when he hears another man’s voice in the apartment, his imagination spins its own tale to identify the unknown suitor.”

New Martinsville resident Elizabeth Seckman has published her first novel, “Past Due,” through World Castle Publishing in Pensacola, Fla.

The book is described as a work of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. It is for sale online and at the Book Store on North Street in New Martinsville,

Seckman’s novel tells the story of a young widowed artist rearing a teenage son on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Speaking of books, Words & Music bookstore at Stratford Springs in Wheeling has become a New York Times Best Seller reporting store.

Shop owner Alan Lestini said representatives of the New York Times Book List Division contacted him prior to a book-signing event held in April for Wiley Cash’s first novel, “A Land More Kind than Home.” They asked Words & Music to start reporting its weekly sales to the best seller division of the New York Times to be counted along with other bookstores.

Lestini explained, “The weekly sales are used to determine the sales of each book. These sales then translate into the book’s position on the New York Times weekly bestseller listing. The New York Times values every sale reported in order to determine national trends regarding a particular title.

“This also means a great deal to the individual authors. The authors are then given the opportunity to see firsthand just how well their book is doing in bookstores all across the country,” Lestini added.